A Definitive Guide To Spring Cleaning Your Books


It’s the season for doing a complete overhaul of your books, spring cleaning style! You know you should finally get around to going through your TBR piles, rearranging your bookshelves so more books fit and collecting all the books strewn haphazardly across the house. Time to place them back on your bookshelf!

Cluttered Bookshelf

Perhaps you are moving house and need to declutter, or you read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and are determining which books spark enough joy to stick around. We get it. Spring cleaning is a yearly (or 5-yearly) task that is overwhelming and tiresome. We also know that if you’re a bookworm, you hoard books. It’s okay, we do too!

So, what do you do with all your books? Your TBR pile (or piles) are stacking up higher and higher, your shelves are over stuffed, books can be found in every nook and cranny of the house. Here are our best organisational tips (from a couple of completely disorganised ladies) for thrifty bookworms.

 Image credit:  Bookworm Boutique

Image credit: Bookworm Boutique

1. Get more bookshelves

You know the old saying “you have too many books.” To that we say “I think you mean not enough bookshelves!”

Gather up all your books, dust them off, and arrange them on a brand new bookshelf. You can grab bookshelves from Kmart for as little as $15.00, or search gumtree for free bookshelves in your area. You can arrange them however you like. If you have no more room for more bookshelves, read on for more ideas.

  It’s alright guys, these live here now. #everythingsabookcase

It’s alright guys, these live here now. #everythingsabookcase

2. Appropriate furniture into bookshelves

So you can’t fit any more bookshelves? No problem! Turn your dresser drawers into a makeshift bookshelf. Got a nice wide window sill? It’s now a book shelf! Have a habit of leaving your books on coffee tables? Artfully arrange them so it looks like they are meant to live there! Decorative ladder? Laundry basket? Lazy cat? Everything's a bookcase! #newslogan #everythingsabookcase


3. The dreaded declutter

If your partner, parents, roommates or siblings are forcing you to sort through your books and ‘get rid of some’ it might be time to part with some beloved titles. In an effort to make this less heartbreaking, you can make sure they go to a good home! Here are some ideas:

  Happy birthday to me!

Happy birthday to me!

  • Donate them to a charity shop (salvos, vinnies etc)

  • Donate them to secondhand bookstores

  • Throw a give away party

  • Stash them under your bed (out of sight, out of mind)

  • Stash them in your car (“Oh I just keep forgetting to drop these by my local vinnies”)

  • Re-gift them to yourself on birthdays and holidays


4. Do what we do at Bookcase. A step by step guide:

Reading Break
  1. Make a cup of tea

  2. Go to bookshelf

  3. Start to rearrange your beloved books

  4. Find that ‘one’ book you’ve been looking for ages!

  5. Sit down and read

  6. Forget what you were doing

  7. Read all day

  8. Rinse and repeat


And there you have it folks, our foolproof guide to spring cleaning those books! Have we missed any of your favourite cleaning tips? What furniture have you appropriated for your makeshift bookcase? Let us know in the comments below or post @bookcaseaus on Twitter and Instagram with the tag #eveythingsabookcase!

Jordan Meek

Jordan is an avid bookworm who loves nothing more than to curl up with a good book and a cuppa. When this romantic setting eludes her, she can be found writing to-do lists, scheduling, binge-watching tv shows and/or fantasising about what book to read next. She is a freelance editor and proofreader.